Two new commitments to report for Syracuse -- we start with the one that happened over the weekend. Offensive tackle Sam Heckel, long thought to be leaning toward Northwestern (until they ran out of room), narrowed his decision to Northern Illinois and the Orange. The three-star Wisconsin product announced on Saturday that he'd be verbally committing to ("The University of") Syracuse, via his Twitter feed.
Along with SU, Heckel had offers from just about every MAC school, several Ivy League schools and Illinois (among others). As the third O-linemen in the door for the class of 2016, you can assume the 6'5", 265-pounder out of (Waukesha) Wisconsin will be the last player added at that position group for this cycle.
According to Heckel's conversation with Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey over the weekend, Heckel picked Syracuse due to academics, most importantly. His current plans are to study pre-med (cue up the "Doctor Heckel" nickname, gang, because it's going to be a thing).
In more recent news, the Orange received the first verbal commitment for the class of 2017 (which SU Coach Twitter's calling #17Squad). This afternoon, South Florida product Daewood Davis announced he'll be headed to Syracuse -- though obviously we're a long way off from National Signing Day in February of 2017. The speedy wide receiver out of Pembroke Pines, Fla. is seen as a three-star by most services, and already has a good deal of offers from schools like Duke, NC State, Louisville, Nebraska and Utah (among a bunch of others). Credit Joe Adam with getting Davis aboard, as he cultivated a great relationship with him and recruited him very hard.
As he told Scout's Corey Bender:
"I choose Syracuse because I had a dream that I was in a Syracuse jersey and we were in the national championship. After that, it just hit me and I thought Syracuse was the place for me."
I ALSO HAVE DREAMS OF SYRACUSE IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEY ARE FANTASTIC.
"The whole Syracuse staff would love to have me. We can make history and put Syracuse on top of the rankings."
AGAIN: I HAVE THESE DREAMS AND THEY ARE GLORIOUS.
Congrats to both players. And welcome to Syracuse (both the University of, as well as SU)!